An Introduction to the Ruins and Monuments Number 31

Izapa is one of the largest sites known on the Pacific coast of North or Central America and was a key location in the Soconusco region throughout Chiapas prehistory. Explored by the NWAF field project from 1961-1965, Izapa is well known for its numerous stone monuments and unique iconography of the Late Formative period. This work presents an overview of the project findings, analysis of monuments in context, a discussion of the ritual roles for Izapa’s sculptured iconography and monument plazas, and a concluding chapter reviewing the site’s sociopolitical and culture-historical role in the Soconusco and beyond.

Published by New World Archaeological Foundation.